Sport Injury Prevention – President’s Message: October 10

By Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ President

Over 3.5 million children ages 14 years and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, according to Safe Kids, USA, a group of organizations that work together to prevent unintentional childhood injury.  As the fall athletic pre-season is about to begin at schools throughout New Jersey, it is important to note that 62 percent of sports-related injuries happen during practice rather than games.

The National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus makes the following recommendations for reducing the risk of sports injury:

  • Getting a physical to make sure you are healthy before you start playing your sport
  • Wearing the right shoes, gear and equipment
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Warming-up and stretching
  • Recovering from old injuries completely before starting-up your sport again. If possible, protect the injured part of your body with padding, a brace or special equipment. When you do start playing again, start slowly.

The National Institutes of Health’s web site MedlinePlus, is a free resource available for patients and their families. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it offers information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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